Time of year to help an­i­mals to stay safe

Midweek Visiter - - The Rspca Column -

TEM­PER­A­TURES are drop­ping and nights are get­ting colder as au­tumn is truly upon us. Dur­ing these months, the na­tional RSPCA re­ceive many calls about the wel­fare of pets and wildlife, so here is some ad­vice for the months ahead.

Dur­ing the darker nights, it is im­por­tant to re­main to be seen whilst out walk­ing your dog.

You can do this by wear­ing re­flec­tive cloth­ing to make your­self more vis­i­ble and don’t for­get your dog too!

Many pet shops sell re­flec­tive coats for dogs and you can also fit your dog and cat with a re­flec­tive col­lar – but please make sure only a quick re­lease col­lar is used for your cat for its own safety.

Sadly we see more and more in­jured wild an­i­mals com­ing into our care, who have been in­volved in road traf­fic ac­ci­dents, as the nights grow longer.

Road traf­fic ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing deer are es­pe­cially com­mon in more ru­ral parts (yes one was spot­ted in Hal­sall quite close to the An­i­mal Cen­tre last year).

Please take ex­tra care when driv­ing at night and take note of warn­ing signs, drive with ex­treme cau­tion es­pe­cially early in the morn­ing and evening, keep­ing your eyes peeled to low fly­ing pheas­ants.

An­other an­i­mal the RSPCA get many calls over are Grey seals.

Breed­ing sea­son is be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber, so pups can of­ten be spot­ted on our shores.

Many are as­sumed to be aban­doned, but of­ten this isn’t the case.

It’s not un­usual to see a seal pup by it­self.

Seal mums leave their pups very early on in life, when they are weaned at three to four weeks old.

If you find a seal pup that looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of dis­tress, mon­i­tor it first from a safe dis­tance for 24 hours.

Never ap­proach a seal pup on its own, or al­low dogs or other an­i­mals to ha­rass them, as not only will you scare the seal pup, but they can give a nasty bite!

If a seal pup is scared into the wa­ter, it could be washed out to sea and be­come lost.

Too many seal pups are taken into cap­tiv­ity be­cause peo­ple mis­tak­enly think they’ve been aban­doned.

More of­ten than not, they are just young and need to rest.

Pups are born with a fluffy white coat and don’t en­ter the sea for the first two to three weeks.

As we head to­wards Novem­ber 5 and the fes­tive sea­son, we will soon start to see fire­works and bon­fires.

These can be very scary and dan­ger­ous to an­i­mals.

For any­one who will be build­ing a bon­fire of their own, we ad­vise that you build your bon­fire as close to time of light­ing as pos­si­ble, and check them thor­oughly for an­i­mals be­fore light­ing; this can help save the lives of hedge­hogs and other small an­i­mals.

Loud fire­works can be ter­ri­fy­ing for an­i­mals, but there are things you can do.

To calm dogs dur­ing fire­works you can: walk them dur­ing day­light hours to avoid times when fire­works are likely to be set off; close win­dows and cur­tains to muf­fle the sound of fire­works; put on some mu­sic or TV to mask the fire­work sounds; cre­ate a quiet space where your dog can feel in con­trol; and fi­nally, you can cre­ate some hid­ing places around your home.

For cats you can do sim­i­lar things, but also make sure you keep them in­doors dur­ing night time, as if they get spooked, they may run off.

Also think about get­ting your cat mi­crochipped in case they’re star­tled and do es­cape out­side.

We of­fer a mi­crochip­ping ser­vice here at the An­i­mal Cen­tre, New Cut Lane, PR8 3DW. Call us on 01704 567624 to book in. Last but not least, we can’t for­get bats, as they too look for suit­able hi­ber­na­tion sites around Oc­to­ber.

Pip­istrelles are the most likely to roost in build­ings dur­ing win­ter.

Bats and their roosts are pro­tected by law in the UK - so you must not dis­turb or harm them in any way.

If you would like to find out more about bats and the law check out www.bats.org.uk

A hedge­hog in the RSPCA’s care

Seal pups can be seen on our coast

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.